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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Trust GOD

Do we believe that even if it hurts, if GOD told us to do it then we will be ok? I challenge us to trust GOD with our pain, our unbelief, our fear, our selfishness.

Trusting GOD...over ourselves

GOD’s will is going to be done. It does not depend on what we do or don’t do. It’s just a matter of whether or not we are going to participate in it. That can be scary... but the comforting part is that GOD’s will for us is better than our will for ourselves. GOD means us no harm. The LORD knows the plans HE has for us, as the scriptures below indicate.

Jeremiah 29, 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Proverbs three, 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

This is what we trust in; the goodness of GOD and HIS love toward us. We can lean on these promises. We may say to ourselves that we really don’t want to do what we hear GOD telling us to do, but we can rest assured that the LORD isn’t trying to harm us. So, we go ahead and do what GOD wants. Even if we hit a brick wall we understand that the brick wall isn’t meant to hurt us, but to grow us; that GOD is using it to get something to us that we need in order to go where HE wants us to go. Once we reach this level of trust, it gets easier and easier to obey GOD even if we don’t understand or see the end.

Take Abram, for instance. He was asked to leave his hometown, his family, and go to a place that he had never been to before. He had to trust GOD to show him the way. Because of this, because he had seen the promises of GOD fulfilled, and witnessed GOD deliver him and bless him repeatedly; it was easier for him to continue to obey GOD, even when GOD told him to do the unthinkable, and kill his son (Genesis 12-22).

Abraham loved his child very much. His son Isaac was born to him when he was 100 years old, and his wife Sarah was 90! Isaac is the child that GOD promised Abraham he would have in his old age. So, the boy held a special place in Abraham’s heart. Yet, Abraham loved GOD more than his son. Genesis 22 says,

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you. 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him.”

Abraham did not fight, argue, or hesitate. The bible tells us he simply proceeded to do what GOD commanded.

Let’s learn from Abraham. When GOD tells us to do something, we should do it without hesitation. Often, if we give ourselves too much time to think about what we have to do we end up not doing it; causing us to be in a state of rebellion towards GOD as well as missing out on blessings.

Jonah gives us another example. GOD told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach HIS message. He refused to go, and headed to a different city. As a result, he was thrown overboard by the people he was riding with, got swallowed by a big fish, and spent three days in its belly before being vomited out on dry land. Once on dry land, he went to the city and delivered the message GOD had originally given him. He could have avoided that horrific experience by obeying GOD in the first place (Jonah 1 & 2).

Jonah tells us that he fled because he knew that GOD would show mercy to the people that HE sent Jonah to preach against. They were wicked, and Jonah felt that if he preached the word of GOD to them, and their impending disaster, that they would change their ways and GOD would relent from HIS punishment; which is what happened.

In verse three, Jonah asks to die, saying that it would be better than living. Why? Because GOD showed mercy, and Jonah really wanted the wicked to get what he felt they deserved? Or did he feel that his credibility as a prophet would be called into question because what he spoke did not come to pass? Was it a combination of both, or something else?

The point is that these serve as examples of reasons that humans give to disobey the will of GOD. They are legitimate to us. We want to see done what we feel should be done. We are afraid that our reputation will be called into question, or public perception of us will be negative. It really doesn’t matter what our reasoning is. If we disobey GOD even in the smallest detail, it is rebellion and it shows that we do not trust GOD.

King Saul experienced a similar situation where GOD told him to destroy a town and everybody in it. He was not to leave anyone or anything alive. He disobeyed. He kept choice animals and the king alive. When asked why, he said that he was going to sacrifice the animals to GOD. He had no reply for why the king was left alive (I Samuel 15).

As a result, GOD rejected Saul as king over Israel and gave the kingdom to David.

I Samuel reminds us in chapter 15,

” 22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obedience to the voice of the Lord? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is no less a sin than divination, and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”

As the prophet reminds us, GOD cares more about us following HIS directions than what we feel HE wants. Again, this boils down to not trusting GOD. We believe that we know better than GOD, so we adjust HIS instructions to suit our whims. GOD is not pleased.

Remember, the greatest commandment from Matthew 22,

36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment.

What does it mean to love GOD? John 14,

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Obedience means love to Jesus and GOD the Father. This is what the LORD cares about. HE wants us to love HIM with everything that we have. If we do, obeying HIM will not be a problem because we know that those who love us mean us no harm.

Even if we have been hurt by people that we love, we understand that humans are fallible and imperfect, subject to the dictates of feelings, thoughts, temptations etc. Yet, we know that GOD is perfect and loving in all HIS ways. HIS thoughts toward us are for good and not evil, again as Jeremiah 29 reminds us, 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Romans 8 supports this as well, 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

The question is do we believe this? Do we believe that even if it hurts, if GOD told us to do it then we will be ok? I challenge us to trust GOD with our pain, our unbelief, our fear, our selfishness. Do we understand that we do not even belong to ourselves because we were purchased with the precious and invaluable blood of Jesus? We now belong to GOD. We are the LORD’s possession, and GOD takes care of HIS own. John chapter ten reminds us, 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then

you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

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